SHILLONG, Aug 26: The fisheries department of the Meghalaya government today decided to declare Mawphlang dam and river Umïew as fish sanctuaries, where no fishing will be allowed.
The decision was taken during a review meeting chaired by state fisheries minister Coming One Ymbon which was held at the conference hall of the directorate of fisheries office in Shillong.
Mawphlang dam is located in Mawphlang village whereas Umïew river is in Smit area.
According to the minister, the Mawphlang dam will be declared as a sanctuary after the consultation with PHE department.
During the review meeting, the Minister said that the main aim of the department is to attain self-sufficiency in fish production and provide a good source of protein for achieving nutritional security in the state.
Ymbon also directed the officials of the fisheries department of the district to submit a report related with the status of the various schemes implemented for the benefit of the fish farmers.
Ymbon also urged the officials to take up various the schemes seriously – like construction of fish ponds and should be distributed equally in all the blocks after properly screening its feasibility so that funds are not wasted.
According to the minister, creation of livelihood opportunities and generating rural employment particularly among the un-employed youth is the target to attain the central aim of the department.
The meeting was held in presence of local MLAs Lambor Malngiang and SK Sunn, secretary fisheries department, IR Sangma, East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Matsiewdor War, BDOs and officials from the fisheries departments.